QF1 From , joined Dec 1969, posts, RR: Posted (13 years 6 months 6 days 11 hours ago) and read 1018 times:
I know that this post may seem a bit trivial, but over the past few days there has been several posts regarding Qantas. And on most occasions, Qantas has been spelt wrong. I don't know if it's just me but when people spell the name of Australia's national airline as Quantas, it annoys me. For the (hopefully) last time, it is QANTAS, not Quantas. It is an acronym, and stands for
XQF From , joined Dec 1969, posts, RR: Reply 1, posted (13 years 6 months 6 days 10 hours ago) and read 914 times:
Good on you!! I agree totally with your comments!! I was thinking of starting my own revenge campaign....see what people say when we start spelling airlines.....as Cathy Specific, KLN, Looftanza, Suissair, Dellta, You-night-ed etc etc etc!!
So, be warned all those that insist on putting the U in Qantas, because you may soon see your favourite airline spelt a little differently!!! Ha ha ha ha ha ha (imagine an evil cackle like the "Count" from Sesame Street)
Ben88 From United States of America, joined Dec 1999, 1093 posts, RR: 3 Reply 3, posted (13 years 6 months 6 days 10 hours ago) and read 891 times:
I made the same mistake a few days ago and practically got attacked. Sheesh!! I just spelled it the way it's pronounced. The u seemed appropriate. It's not the end of the world though. Besides, you know what someone is referring to when they say "QUANTAS" so what's the problem? As long as I get the main points of the post, i'm not going to bitch because one letter is misplaced, added or omitted. The last line of your post sums it up, this is quite trivial.
Samurai 777 From Canada, joined Jan 2000, 2457 posts, RR: 5 Reply 4, posted (13 years 6 months 6 days 10 hours ago) and read 883 times:
Good one, mate! I guess the main reason Qantas is so misspelled is that a lot of people will tend to put the "u" after any "q" they see or write down. This is prevalent among English speakers, as the letter "q" is followed by the "u" in most words in the English language!
Brissie_lions From , joined Dec 1969, posts, RR: Reply 5, posted (13 years 6 months 6 days 10 hours ago) and read 886 times:
You have to understand that we Aussies get real pissed off when people continually mispell Quantas (oops did I do that), especially when they are an aviation enthusiast. In fact, it is not even Qantas....but QANTAS, as it is an acronym, although people do refer to it as a word.
It is like me saying Las Angeles or New Yawk. Just good grammar I suppose.
I will have to give you a B- in English for this semester, sorry
The only word which I don't care if you mispell is Ansett, or Ensutt (seeing that it is Kiwi owned now, you should get my point).
Samurai 777....good point....the only word in the English language in which a "u" doesn't follow a "q" is Qatar, but in effect this is Arabic so it doesn't really count
Ben88 From United States of America, joined Dec 1999, 1093 posts, RR: 3 Reply 6, posted (13 years 6 months 6 days 9 hours ago) and read 877 times:
"It is like me saying Las Angeles or New Yawk. Just good grammar I suppose."
No it isn't. The misspelling of an airline's name has nothing to do with good or bad grammar. Not exactly textbook material
Samurai 777 you actually proved my point. If we spelled quantas the way we did, we are actually using correct grammar. If you didn't know it was an acroynm (which a lot of people don't) then spelling it qantas would seem irregular.